A Taiwan High Court, on Tuesday sentenced the country’s former president, Ma Ying-jeou to four months jail. He was said to have leaked information related to national security, which according to Reuters is revealed in a legal document.
The court overturned a lower court’s judgement that overturned a lower court’s judgement of not guilty, saying that “Ma Ying-jeou violated the Communication and Surveillance Act.”
Ma reportedly vowed to appeal, and could avoid jail altogether by paying a fine.
Ma’s sentence could, however, be avoided on payment of a fine of T$120,000 ($4,019), the court said in a statement, in line with Taiwan law that allows such payments for lighter sentences, instead of going to jail.
A former stalwart of the opposition Nationalist or Kuomintang Party, Ma was Taiwan’s president from 2008 to 2016, ushering in an era of closer ties with mainland China.